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Business as Usual

November 15, 2018

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If you didn’t know already, you may know now that I have a slight obsession with blazers. They are one of the most versatile items of clothing that you can have in your closet. You can dress them up, you can dress them down and anything in between. Long gone are the days that blazers are reserved just for the office or the board room. Now, with updated, modern styles, rich colors and fun embellishments, blazers have become the go-to piece for everyone.

This double breasted blazer from Lane Bryant is no different. It screams sophisticated chic with this sleek design. The blazer is made out of ponte material which I personally love. Ponte allows the jacket to stretch and breathe so that it’s not restricting and has optimal comfort. Plus, I feel that it makes the garment much more approachable in that it will be easier to style with a wide variety of looks.

Aside from the blazer, this essential cami and denim are from Lane Bryant as well.¬† These are two staples that should be in every woman’s wardrobe. I cannot tell you how many tank tops and camis I have because they are always needed. I also make sure that I have a variety for different pairings. It also goes without saying that you need a great pair of skinny jeans. These are perfect because they are simple and have a dark wash which means that they can be styled with just about anything under the sun.

These items together were a match made in heaven. This look is so easy to replicate yet looks so polished and refined. Be sure to check out the outfit details below and shop Lane Bryant’s newest arrivals!

Outfit details:

Bryant Blazer | Essential Cotton Cami | Tighter Tummy Essential Stretch Skinny Jean: Lane Bryant*

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This post is sponsored by Lane Bryant. All opinions are my own

Time to Shine

November 11, 2018

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I know what you’re thinking. You are probably saying to yourself, “Kristine, it’s only November and you’re wearing sequins already?!” I know, I know but let me explain. You know how holiday decorations start to pop up in stores in like…October? Well, that’s the same thing for holiday fashion. Fun, party styles slowly but surely make their way into stores and online as early as November in preparation for the upcoming season. Every year I’m torn when it comes to decor and fashion. On one hand I say to myself, “dang, can we even get to Thanksgiving yet?”. The other part of me is excitedly looking through the selection so that I can buy something. So, I have been holding out for as long as I could on not purchasing holiday styles such as this sequin skirt but the temptation just got too great. And here we are.

As we ramp up for holiday parties and even New Year’s Eve, sequins is just a must. It’s festive, fun and gives you an opportunity to be a little more glamorous than you normally would. When I saw this skirt from ASOS, I knew that I had to have it. Every year, I am pleasantly surprised with the different variations that retailers come up with. I’ve seen a lot of different designs with sequins but this is truly unique. The color combination and the stripes are just so cute and it’s even more stunning in person. Check out all of the outfit details below and I’ve also included some other holiday sequins styles that I’m loving at the moment…you know, so I won’t be the only one out here in these streets (lol).

Outfit details:

Top: City Chic | Skirt: ASOS (wearing a size 18 but could have sized down to a 16) | Shoes:

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Stitch Fix Plus Size Tastemakers

November 6, 2018

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If you’ve been following me on social media, you know that last month I flew to San Francisco to spend some time with my Stitch Fix family. I call them family because they really are just that. It’s rare to feel so connected to a brand but with Stitch Fix, it’s about much more than just a partnership. I was first introduced to Stitch Fix a couple of years ago when they brought me on, along with two other influencers, to be consultants for their plus size launch. They really wanted to make sure that they got it right so instead of just relying on their own expertise and research (of which they did a ton of), they wanted to hear straight from the mouths of consumers.

For those that have been rocking with me for a while, you may remember this post where I talked about the intensive meetings and fit sessions that we had with the team, giving our honest feedback. You may also remember this post where I excitedly announced the official plus launch. Since then, I have done a host of other things with the brand including being a part of a national commercial (of which I still can’t believe). So needless to say, Stitch Fix is near and dear to my heart.

What makes Stitch Fix different?

What sets Stitch Fix a part is that they are relentless on improving the plus business. Although they are a very popular brand, they don’t rely on that to get them through day-to-day operations. They realize that there are so many opportunities for growth within the plus business in offering trendy styles and quality fabrics. So, it’s no surprise that Stitch Fix brought me back, along with this time seven other amazing women of whom you will see below. They not only wanted to catch us up on all of the things that they have been working on, but to also hear our opinions and our insight…along with having a little fun in SF!

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Stitch Fix Plus Size Event

Here are all of the ladies. From left to right, starting from the top row and working your way down, we have: Hunter McGrady, plus size model, Katie Sturino of The 12ish Style, Nicole Simone of Curves On A Budget, Chante Burkett of Everything Curvy & Chic, Alex of Learning To Be Fearless, Allison of Curvy Girl Chic, Tanesha of Girl With Curves, and finally me! We started off our day at the Stitch Fix headquarters, which is one of my favorite offices by the way, to talk with the team and meet the CEO and founder!

The amazing Katrina Lake, CEO & founder of Stitch Fix

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Per-suede

November 4, 2018

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Plus Size Fall Fashion OutfitFall Colorblock Style

If there is one item that is a must-have for Fall, it’s the suede moto jacket. It is as much of a staple as a great pair of skinny jeans. Like most jackets, you can style them in so many different ways, dressing them up or down. A moto jacket is a perfect “in-between” style that gives you that flexibility to pair with tennis shoes, booties or even thigh high boots. You could opt for a leather type of moto jacket but suede is one of my all time favorites. Not only do I think that they are a bit more comfortable to wear, but they also give off the very rich, chic feel.

Target A New Day PumpsOld Navy Suede-Knit Moto Jacket

What I love about this suede moto in particular is that it is buttery soft, looks expensive but it is actually very affordable. I’m talking $40 affordable! It’s a suede-knit blend so it has plenty of stretch for optimal ease of wear. It also comes in these beautiful Fall tones such as this Creme Caramel, as well as a deep wine, a rich teal and a taupe.

Fall Moto Jacket StylePlus Size Grey Bodycon DressTan and Gray Fall Outfit

For my look, I opted to style the jacket with a bodycon style dress. I love this color combination of muted tones between the tan and the gray. I also like where this jacket hits me slightly below my waist that allows me to wear fitted dresses comfortably. As I mentioned previously, I could take this same color palette and style my outfit a different way. For instance, I could wear a gray top, a pair of white denim jeans and tan booties. The options are there!

Be sure to check out the outfit details below. And go ahead and cop this jacket while it’s still in on sale!

Outfit details:

Jacket: Old Navy (wearing a size XL) | Dress: Similar here | Shoes: Target

Photographer: Steve Suavemente